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Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum

Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as The German Settlement.

Visit us at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org and in-person at our Museum. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history w

Visit us at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org and in-person at our Museum. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history w

Operating as usual

03/12/2022

The Museum is closed today, March 12, due to inclement weather. We'll be back next week. The lecture on Sunday, March 13, will go ahead as planned, virtual and in-person. Go to our website for more information.

Our March 2022 newsletter, the "Doctors Issue," is now available. It also contains the announcement or our revived month...
03/10/2022
Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum – Lovettsville, Virginia

Our March 2022 newsletter, the "Doctors Issue," is now available. It also contains the announcement or our revived monthly Lecture Series, which we were forced to shut down two years ago. We will resume the lecture series on Sunday, March 13. Go to http://www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org/

Our March newsletter, featuring stories about Lovettsville’s doctors of the 19th and 20th centuries, is now available here.

LHS Lecture Series to Resume on Sunday, March 13, with “The Loudouners who Challenged Thomas Jefferson” by Nancy Spannau...
02/28/2022
LHS Lecture Series to resume with “The Loudouners who Challenged Thomas Jefferson” – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

LHS Lecture Series to Resume on Sunday, March 13, with “The Loudouners who Challenged Thomas Jefferson” by Nancy Spannaus.
http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/lhs-lecture-series-to-resume-with-the-loudouners-who-challenged-thomas-jefferson/

After almost two years of suspension of our Monthly Lecture Series due to Covid-19, the Lovettsvile Historical Society is pleased to announce that we are resuming the Lecture Series, picking up where we left off in the Spring of 2020.

Our December Newsletter is now available -- featuring stories on Christmas at Mount Sinai Church in Little Britain in 18...
12/02/2021
Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum – Lovettsville, Virginia

Our December Newsletter is now available -- featuring stories on Christmas at Mount Sinai Church in Little Britain in 1886, and the restoration of the Luther Potterfield Stable, or "The Block that was Too Big for Itself." Read it here: http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/

Our November 2021 Newsletter is now available! November 15, 2021 LHS_Admin 0 The LHS Newsletter for November 2021 is now out. Click here to read it.

Board of Supervisors Votes to Study Preservation of Mount Sinai Cemetery.  Update --  At its Nov. 3 business meeting, th...
11/15/2021

Board of Supervisors Votes to Study Preservation of Mount Sinai Cemetery.

Update -- At its Nov. 3 business meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopted the Mount Sinai initiative by unanimous consent. The item was one of more than half a dozen items that had been agreed to in advance for approval by consent. Most of the discussion on the motion to approve the consent agenda was on Mount Sinai.

First, Supervisor Kershner (Catoctin District) thanked the Board for supporting the initiative for the purchase of Mt. Sinai Cemetery. He said that this is an important part of our history, and we should ensure the historical sites are preserved. He noted that this was an African-American cemetery for enslaved persons and after slavery was eradicated in this nation, others were buried there. I think it's really important for us as a county to begin to look at some of these sites, Kershner said, and we have done this for other places in the county.

Chair Randall said she had met virtually by phone with a large group on his last month. Quite a few options wee discussed as far as how to save this cemetery. She said she had talked about the County's commitment to preservation, of all types of histories. She thanked her staff who worked on this, and everybody on the phone call; there were a number of organizations represented. "I told them you have my commitment on this, and I meant it," Randall said. So this is the first step. This could be a long process, but it's important that we at least start the process.

The motion to adopt the consent agenda passed 9-0.

On November 3, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will consider an initiative to protect and preserve the Mount Sin...
10/31/2021

On November 3, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will consider an initiative to protect and preserve the Mount Sinai Cemetery, an abandoned African-American burial ground near Lovettsville. The initiative is being presented jointly by Phyllis Randall, the Chair of the Board of Supervisors, and Caleb Kershner, the Catoctin District Supervisor. To read more, go to the following link:
http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/county-supervisors-to-take-up-preservation-of-mount-sinai-cemetery/

Our July newsletter is now available!http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-july-2021-newsletter-is-...
07/03/2021
Our July 2021 newsletter is here! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our July newsletter is now available!
http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-july-2021-newsletter-is-here/

Our July 2021 newsletter is here! July 3, 2021 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our monthly newsletter for July 2021 has just been published. It features reports on the Museum reopening on August 3, and plans to resume our monthly lecture series, as well as the annual Lovettsville Elementary School history...

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence in LovettsvilleJuly 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Walker PavilionDo you...
06/28/2021

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Lovettsville
July 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion

Do you and your family want to celebrate Independence Day in true patriotic fashion? Then come to Lovettsville to participate in a Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 3. History educators, community leaders, and members of the public will join their voices to read the Declaration aloud on Saturday, July 3rd, at 10 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion on the Town Green in Lovettsville, Virginia.
Following the reading, we will hold a symbolic signing of the Declaration.
The event is free, and open to the public. All are welcome. The reading is sponsored by the History Educators Network and the Lovettsville Historical Society.
The first modern-day Public Reading in Lovettsville was held on July 4, 2019, at St. James United Church of Christ. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the Public Reading last year. This year, we resume the tradition, but at a different venue -- the Walker Pavilion.
For more information, please contact Eirik Harteis at [email protected].
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Photo: some of the readers in the 2019 Public Reading. From left to right: Edward Spannaus, Tracy Gillespie, Tanja Woldt, Katherine Corrado, Nancy Spannaus, Effie Hall, Rich Gillespie, and Eirik Harteis.

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was at the Leesburg June...
06/25/2021

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was at the Leesburg Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at Ida Lee Park. Pictured are Claudette Bard, Ed Bard, and Ed Spannaus. We were spreading the word about our campaign to restore the Mount Sinai Cemetery, and looking for more family and descendants of those buried there. One of those buried at Mount Sinai, Pvt. Samuel Timbers of the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry, has a direct connection to Juneteenth. His regiment was in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, and, by some accounts, saw that enslaved persons had not been emancipated yet, and urged Gen. Gordon Granger to issue his General Order No. 3, enforcing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. For more on Private Timbers and why his regiment was in Texas see “Remembering Private Samuel Benjamin Timbers” on the Lovettsville Historical Society website. (photo: Irvin Greene)

Our June 2021 Newsletter is now, with stories about the Taylorstown Mill, the Short Hill's largest known cave, and how w...
06/05/2021

Our June 2021 Newsletter is now, with stories about the Taylorstown Mill, the Short Hill's largest known cave, and how we have discovered more Revolutionary War Patriots in Lovettsville. Plus an obituary for Dr. Herbert Trexler, a mainstay of Lovettsville's Oktoberfest, and a feature story on the Rev. Emory Timbers, one of those who was nurtured by the Mount Sinai church and cemetery at Little Britain. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-june-newsletter-is-out/

Family & Friends Clear and Clean Mount Sinai Cemetery -- April 10
04/15/2021

Family & Friends Clear and Clean Mount Sinai Cemetery -- April 10

Our March newsletter is now available.  It features articles on Robert Booth, an early Dutchman's Creek Pioneer, and on ...
03/05/2021
Our March 2021 Newsletter is now available! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our March newsletter is now available. It features articles on Robert Booth, an early Dutchman's Creek Pioneer, and on Mount Sinai Cemetery -- both announcing that family and friends of Mount Sinai are planning a cemetery clean-up, as well as more of our ongoing research on those interred at this historic but neglected cemetery And as always, a compilation of nearby (mostly virtual) events of historical interest. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-march-2021-newsletter-is-now-available/

Our March 2021 Newsletter is now available! March 5, 2021 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our latest newsletter, for March 2021, is now available. It features articles on Robert Booth, an early Dutchman’s Creek Pioneer, and on Mount Sinai Cemetery — both announcing that family and friends of Mount Sin...

Our January 2021 Newsletter is now available -- with news and updates about the Lovettsville Historical Society,  histor...
01/11/2021
News from the Lovettsville Historical Society

Our January 2021 Newsletter is now available -- with news and updates about the Lovettsville Historical Society, history features on the Ruse/Reed farmstead on the Lovettsville Community Park property, more history of the Ruse family (whose history shows many features common to our early German settlers), and a follow-up on those interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery at Britain, near Lovettsville. And don't miss our popular "Nearby Events" column, which keeps you apprised of nearby history events, mostly virtual, which you can see and participate in online. https://mailchi.mp/8a50b088e47d/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

A New Year's Letter to our Friends and Supporters   While we look forward to a better year in 2021, we’d like to bring you all up-to-date on where things stand with the LHS, as we close out this year of disruption and closings. Activities. Like all other similar organizations, we had to shut down...

Don't miss our December Newsletter. Lots of interesting history of the Lovettsville area.  More stories of those interre...
12/13/2020

Don't miss our December Newsletter. Lots of interesting history of the Lovettsville area. More stories of those interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery at Little Britain on Mountain Road opens this issue. Then, taking off from an article borrowed from the Waterford Foundation newsletter, about politics getting a bit out of hand in Waterford, and a fracas with visitors from Lovettsville, we took a look at one of those involved -- Charles Johnson. Investigating his life produced a story "The Spy Who Walked a Crooked Line," about one of the more colorful characters in our local history. Sam Kroiz then brings us up to date on the Johnsons, the Georges, and other related families. https://mailchi.mp/2c70f7908a60/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Our November newsletter is now out!  The feature is a remembrance of Civil War soldier PVT Samuel Timbers (29th U.S.C.I....
11/03/2020

Our November newsletter is now out! The feature is a remembrance of Civil War soldier PVT Samuel Timbers (29th U.S.C.I.) by his great-grandson Howard Gilbert Timbers. Also we highlight the mystery of the suddenly re-appearing grave markers at the Old Berlin Cemetery in Brunswick. And we publish the text of Mike Zapf's tribute to former Mayor Elaine Walker, delivered at her memorial service on behalf of the Lovettsville Historical Society. https://mailchi.mp/73af88e691a3/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Our October 2020 Newsletter is now available and is ready for your reading enjoyment. This issue features an article on ...
10/03/2020

Our October 2020 Newsletter is now available and is ready for your reading enjoyment. This issue features an article on the World War II Gold Star Service Flag at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church; a new feature on "Hidden History: the Mount Sinai church and cemetery at "Little Britain;" and a follow-up to the "Right to Vote" feature on the 1890s voter register, that was in our last issue. https://mailchi.mp/88e99ff60408/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Our September 2020 Newsletter is ready, just in time for Labor Day Weekend. This issue features the 120-year-old registe...
09/05/2020
News from the Lovettsville Historical Society

Our September 2020 Newsletter is ready, just in time for Labor Day Weekend. This issue features the 120-year-old register of Black voters in Lovettsville found in the Lovettsville Museum, and stories about those listed in the register from a descendant. https://mailchi.mp/fec6e49c70be/news-from-the-lovettsville-historical-society

Lovettsville Museum is open, by appointment The Lovettsville Museum is now open  to those making an advance appointment.  After reviewing the Governor’s “Safer at Home: Phase Three” requirements and guidelines, we do not believe that we have adequate staffing or facilities to be able to ...

Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched!  This issue features an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum, highl...
08/01/2020
Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched! This issue features an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum, highlighting the part that Lovettsville farming has played in the story the Farm Museum tells. http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/?p=3924&preview=true

Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched! August 1, 2020 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Our August Newsletter is now available, featuring an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum and the role that Lovettsville-area farming plays in the story it tells. Get the Newsletter here.  

Can you identify this Lovettsville-area store, believed to be in the mid-1930s? If you think you know who -- or where --...
07/15/2020

Can you identify this Lovettsville-area store, believed to be in the mid-1930s? If you think you know who -- or where -- this is, submit your answer to [email protected], with the caption "History Mystery."

“Voices of Lovettsville” -- Tell us your coronavirus stories!The Lovettsville Historical Society is sponsoring an exciti...
07/07/2020

“Voices of Lovettsville” -- Tell us your coronavirus stories!

The Lovettsville Historical Society is sponsoring an exciting new project, called “Voices of Lovettsville,” to collect stories of our local citizens' experiences during these extraordinary times of the coronavirus. Sheryl Frye has volunteered to lead this project over the next few months. She will be conducting interviews with citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

First-hand accounts of people’s personal experiences can convey so much more historically than just facts and figures. Through these interviews, Sheryl is hoping to capture -- for future generations -- how this pandemic, and our responses to it, are affecting people in the Lovettsville area.

Interviews (at a social distance) will be done with those that are interested in participating. These will be non-political and experience-based interviews, with no more than 12 questions. Basic demographic data will also be collected to help the Historical Society organize these interviews.

Once the interviews are completed, the recordings and transcriptions will be held by the Historical Society & Museum for preservation and possible publishing. If you are interested in being interviewed for this project, please contact Sheryl at the [email protected] address, and she will set up a time to meet with you.

If you would prefer, you may just write down your stories yourself, and submit them to Sheryl at the above email address, or snail-mail them to the Lovettsville Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Lovettsville VA 20180.

If you’d like to help out with transcribing interviews and writing, let us know at the email address above.

Please join us in this effort, ask your friends and neighbors to participate as well, and help us promote this project!

05/25/2020
The Town of Lovettsville

Here's Lovettsville's virtual Memorial Day ceremony, in which the Lovettsville Historical Society participated.

We host lots of events in Lovettsville, but Memorial Day is one that speaks to the heart of who we are as a community. Thank you to everyone that attended our Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony, earlier today. If you were not able to join us live, we have posted the full ceremony below.

Even during a global pandemic and Stay-At-Home order, we will NEVER FORGET to honor our military personnel who we have lost in the service of our country.

Thank you to the following organizations and individuals who made our remembrance ceremony possible.

-- Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum --
Edward Spannaus

-- Boy Scouts of America, Troop 962 --
Eagle Scout Jake Ridderhoff and Life Scout Sam Ridderhoff

-- Boy Scouts of America, Troop 969 --
Second Class Cooper Barton

-- Cub Scouts, Pack 704 --
Webelo Corbin Barton and Lion Logan Barton

-- Girl Scouts, Troop 70078 --
Brownie Hailey Barton

-- Lovettsville Elementary School --
Mrs. Sarah Stillman

-- Chaplain --
Major Yul Song, U.S. Army Reserve

-- Lovettsville American Legion Post 1836 --
Lizzy Fontaine, David Steadman, Donald Zajic, and Thomas Mawson

-- Lovettsville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1836 --
Erin York

-- Elected Officials --
Senator Mark Warner, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, Senator
John Bell, Delegate Dave LaRock, Loudoun County Board of
Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall, and Supervisor Caleb Kershner

-- Bagpipes, Amazing Grace --
Don Vermillion

-- LOVE America Committee, Town of Lovettsville --
Chair Melissa Barton, Councilman Mike Dunlap, Lovettsville Town Council
Planning Commissioner Adam Baumgardner, Tiffany Dunlap

It is amazing that such a moving and touching ceremony can be created during a global pandemic, under a Stay-At-Home order, filmed purely with the use of cell phone cameras, compiled with free software, and a whole LOT of LOVE. As we look forward to the days when we can all be together again, we hope that this virtual ceremony continues to honor the sacrifice of our fallen heroes.

From all of us in The Town of Lovettsville, we will NEVER FORGET.

~ Nate Fontaine, Mayor of Lovettsville,

Our May newsletter has just been published.http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-may-2020-newslette...
05/01/2020
Our May 2020 Newsletter is now available! – Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum

Our May newsletter has just been published.
http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/our-may-2020-newsletter-is-now-available/

Our May 2020 Newsletter is now available! May 1, 2020 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 We have just published our monthly newsletter for May 2020. Even though we are forced to close the Museum, and postpone all lectures until it is safe to meet again, there is still lots to do. This issue continues our sur...

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Lovettsville is the only town or village in Loudoun County, Virginia with a museum dedicated to preserving its own civic history. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum. The Lovettsville Historical Society offers research resources and assistance. We are located at 4 East Pennsylvania Avenue, next to Town Hall, open Saturdays 1:00-4:00 or by appointment.

Attend our popular monthly history lectures at St. James UCC in Lovettsville. Visit us online to see the upcoming schedule of lectures at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org.

The Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum also publishes a free monthly email newsletter with feature articles pulled from the scrapbooks in our museum's archives, plus announcements of upcoming local history lectures, and events of local interest. Don't miss out on the fun! Email [email protected].org and ask to be added to our e-Mailing List.

Support the mission of the Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum to protect and preserve the history and heritage of Lovettsville, the German Settlement, and our unique corner of Loudoun County, Virginia. Use the handy DONATE button at the top of our page at https://www.facebook.com/LovettsvilleHistoricalSocietyAndMuseum/

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My father's name Lester Wesley Richard Jacobs fought on the USS Pasadena in WWII and his name is not on the list of veterans. My Uncle Russell Frances Jacobs fought in the Korean War and his name is not listed either.

My parents business is not in the historical society list, Aunt Nellie's Kitchen. ~~~ The restaurant is half restaurant now and other businesses.

My grandfather's business is not in the history either, Owen Jacobs garage. ~~~~ My grandfather's gas station right next to the restaurant is not in the mention of Lovettsville's history either.

WHY?
The Short Hill Mountain Boys will be playing their fab bluegrass, and the event is a fundraiser for the Lovettsville Historical Society. Win-Win!! Only 18 tickets remaining at this moment, so hurry!
Will anyone be available on the 18th of August at the museum to receive some old photos for scanning from a Wenner family member? Toni Wenner Smith will be in town and wants to drop off her family photos.
(*!*) The Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum was at the 101st Annual Lovettsville Alumni Banquet (*!*)
I'm interested in information about the drought that occurred in the 1930's. Word of mouth has told me that "all" or many of the local springs had dried and the town's people came to our spring (on Featherbed Lane) for water.....do you have local news paper from the time that I can research?
Found this article on page 3 of the Leesburg Genius of Liberty newspaper dated June 6, 1835.
I noticed significant wind damage to the roof on the African-American Methodist Episcopal Church this morning. I was not sure who to reach out to, but about half of the tin on the north side is peeled back/missing.
This is a photo of J.P.Moore,1st Officer of PCA crash.
Curious as to the exact location of Luther Potterfield’s farm where John Mobberly met his fate.
Another History Mystery:

Do you know whose church this was? (Hint: There's more than one answer.) Where it was located? And why was it the subject of two court cases? And what finally happened to it? Come to our lecture on Lovettsville's Methodist Churches, this Sunday, September 17 at 2:00, to find out more.
Great private showing tonight at the Lovettsville Museum, thank you Melani Carty. Andru-Scot Spangler and I had too much fun trying on the vintage hats. I did not know there was a Lovettsville Baseball Team in 1937, so much history to see, experience and learn. They will be open on Oktoberfest, Sept 23rd. They will be selling postcards and historical maps by Eugene Scheel. Dog watering station for our 4 legged-friends and plenty of hands-on kid friendly things to learn and experience. Right across from the beer ticket booth with free festival maps. Stop by and check out how cool Lovettsville has always been!
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